Jamón Jamón
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Class, sex, and food are the obsessions of this Spanish comedy drama, an international hit from writer and director J.J. Bigas Luna that plays like a cross between the lusty Like Water for Chocolate (1992) and the early work of Pedro Almodovar. In a small town in Spain's arid Monegros region, young underwear factory executive Jose Luis (Jordi Molla) falls in love with the beautiful Silvia (Penelope Cruz), a worker on the shop floor. When Silvia becomes pregnant, Jose Luis wants to marry her, but his mother Conchita (Stefania Sandrelli), the factory owner, is appalled by the thought of her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sex scenes are so bizarre as to be parodic and it all looks terribly ugly. But wonderful vignettes of rural life, and a terrific performance from Pablito the piglet. Ham indeed."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A movie that combines lurid melodrama with vast improbabilities, sexy soap opera with heartfelt romance, and cheerful satire with heedless raunch."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It has so much of that sly and deviously wicked sensibility that Bartel's films evidence. Jamon Jamon is a fun and farcical ride."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
""Jamon Jamon" is not quite pop art, and it's not surprising or witty enough to work as satire. It's on a wavelength not easy to tune in."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A coarse muddle of melodrama, romance and cautionary tale, the film is chiefly a tribute to throbbing Latin manhood, as cretinous and sophomoric as it is pretentiously surreal."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It wants to be sexy, funny and incisive, but instead it is more overheated and silly."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Although possessing a biting wit and excellent sense of the offbeat, too much of Jamon, Jamon follows obvious paths."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's provocative and hugely entertaining, a highpoint in the blossoming period of 1990s Spanish cinema."
‑ Matt McAllister, Future Movies UK
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